A rare newborn zebra with horizontal polka stripes rather than just stripes was born

On October 15, a safari operator named Antony Tira discovered the exceedingly uncommon species in the Masai Mara International Conservancy.

Because he was the first one to observe the uncommon animal, the advisor named the colt Tira after his nickname.

The newborn zebra is brown with dot patterns and also has a short, bald tail, which is unusual for a wildebeest.

A rare newborn zebra with horizontal polka stripes rather than just stripes was born

Melanism is a disorder that the unusual newborn zebra exhibits, according to conservation scientists.

Unlike albinism, which is caused by lack of pigmentation, melanism is caused by the skin’s dark skin pigment.

But even though the young zebra is a joy to behold for everyone, its exceedingly unusual condition is set to have an impact on its survival, because in instances such as this one, the herd tends to eliminate the strange appearing individuals.

A rare newborn zebra with horizontal polka stripes rather than just stripes was born

While this is the first known incidence of such an event in the Masai Mara, a similar case occurred years before in 2012.

When a landscape photographer observed a zebra with several huge patches on its back. The mammal only lived for around 6 months.

The chocolate zebra, nevertheless, is not the first uncommon species to be discovered inside the African savanna.

A rare newborn zebra with horizontal polka stripes rather than just stripes was born

Two white giraffes were discovered last year in Kenya’s Garissa county’s Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.

While in South Africa’s Nature Reserve Park, an iridescent newborn elephant that was photographed.

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